brute . amused . shout
Brute Amused Shout is Antonioni’s first full length record and their most cohesive and fully realized effort to date. The band leans into deliberate pop sensibilities while maintaining a willingness to incorporate more adventurous arrangements and sounds.
The album starts with a bang as vocalist Sarah Pasillas playfully weaves through snappy drums, layered guitar and synth on the high energy track “Mouthbreather” The song's joyous tone celebrates the liberated self and then loudly questions "are we a dying breed or simply caught in-between?” Later, the band strips down to acoustic guitars and strings that glide over a thick groove before crescendoing into a hypnotic outro on the infectious track, “Puck”.
Written while coping with several personal traumas, Pasillas' lyrics loosely allude to classic poets like Sylvia Plath and John Berryman to reframe her journey as something unique yet universal. Brute Amused Shout - named after a line in a Plath poem, is a lush and colorful album that explores ones attempt to reclaim power from their own thoughts and fears.
SARAH PASILLAS - Vocals & Guitar
KYLE TODARO - Percussion
AUSTIN DEAN - Guitar & Keys
BEN DORCY - Bass
Recorded by Nicholas Wilbur at the Unknown Studio - Anacortes, WA
Tracks 4 and 5 recorded by Richard Hoag at MRX Studios - Seattle, WA
Mixed by Richard Hoag
Mastered by Ed Brooks
Art is an endless conversation. Sarah Pasillas and the rest of Antonioni have always felt the need to contribute something to that. While releasing two EPs and a handful of self-produced music videos over the last few years, the band has steadily emerged within the Seattle indie and DIY scene, garnering praise from both KEXP and NPR. Brute Amused Shout, the band’s much anticipated debut full-length, is set for release in late 2020.
By the time Pasillas formed Antonioni in the Spring of 2016, the Seattle-native had been performing solo for years. After graduating from Western Washington University with a poetry degree, she channeled her creative energy into recording and performing music. Inspired by Elliott Smith's simple aesthetic and Animal Collective's uninhibited experimentation, these early songs and demos became the foundation on which Antonioni was built.
After a solo performance in 2015, Pasillas met brothers Austin Dean (guitar) and Kyle Todaro (drums) and the three began rehearsing Pasillas' new material which became 2017's Lullablaze EP. In 2019 the band released its second EP, The Odds Were All Beating Me, on the Seattle collective Den Tapes. The EP departed from Lullablaze's languid garage rock as the band's shift to a more collaborative writing process showcased a
more polished, layered, and aggressive sound.
Following the release, Antonioni premiered a series of music videos, toured twice, and opened for bands like Cherry Glazerr, Great Grandpa, and Dude York. During this time, Antonioni added new bassist Ben Dorcy and started recording their first full-length record with producers Richard Hoag and Nicholas Wilbur (LAKE, Hoop). The record, titled Brute Amused Shout, is due out in 2020. Antonioni is next set to perform at Treefort Fest 2020.
Some of the things that Antonioni enjoys and uses for inspiration are NBA basketball, classic literature, David Lynch, Ingmar Bergman, Twilight Zone, Dennis Rodman, pinball, classical music, cats, puppies, paintings, and plants. The regional music community is a huge part of our lives and we all enjoy collaborating with and supporting other artists and makers in our scene.
Seattle, WA 2019
Moscow, ID 2019
2019 - The Odds Were All Beating Me EP
2017 - Lullablaze EP
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